MCM undertakes purposeful advocacy at all levels – government, private sector and community. We work closely with the sector to advocate for positive social change.
You can read our policy and research submissions below.
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As Victoria’s largest funded provider of youth homelessness services (and a provider of adult and family homelessness services), Melbourne City Mission is at the coalface of the policy and funding reforms that the Commonwealth is seeking to introduce through the Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness Agreement) Bill 2017
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Whilst Melbourne City Mission is not a specialist youth justice provider, youth justice ‘touches’ many aspects of our work. Melbourne City Mission has experience working with young people with past or current youth justice involvement, or risk factors for justice involvement, through programs such as our Frontyard Integrated Youth Services, Cradle to Kinder, The Hester Hornbrook Academy independent school and Youth Foyers. Our submission response to the Inquiry into Youth Justice Centres in Victoria draws the Committee’s attention to specific areas of Melbourne City Mission’s practice which intersect with youth justice, and the lived experience of young people we support and members of our staff who are engaged in and with ‘the system’.
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This inquiry presented an opportunity for people with a disability engaged with Melbourne City Mission’s programs to share their experiences and have their stories put on the public record. Our intention with this submission was to collect first-person accounts of the people we support who wished to express their opinions and insights on the themes of education, employment, housing and the NDIS and feed these directly to the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Mr. Alistair McEwin.
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The City of Melbourne has proposed a new local law to ban camping in the city, in response to community and media concerns about the prevalence of rough sleeping in the CBD and the increase in unattended items in major city thoroughfares. In the following submission, Melbourne City Mission outlines its concerns.
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Newly released research has revealed that one in three Victorians is a renter, with 83 per cent having no long-term security. With this comes a range of complexities that must be acknowledged to make fair and adequate policy decisions that don’t precipitate vulnerable households into homelessness. With this in mind, Melbourne City Mission focuses on areas of concern in response to the preferences set out in the RTA Review Options Paper, advocating for the people we support who are often tenants dealing with housing stress, are living in low-income households, and who deal with vulnerabilities that increase their risk of falling into homelessness.